Bertha, Me & My Uncle, Sugaree, Beat It On Down The Line, Cumberland Blues, Tennessee Jed, Black Peter, Jack Straw, Big Railroad Blues, Brown Eyed Women, Mexicali Blues, Comes A Time, Playin' In The Band, One More Saturday Night, Casey Jones
Truckin', Ramble On Rose, Me And Bobby McGee, Brokedown Palace, Cryptical Envelopment-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Wharf Rat, Sugar Magnolia, Uncle John's Band-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away
Keith Godchaux's First show, FM Broadcast KQRS - Other artist(s): NRPS
first "Tennessee Jed" - first "Jack Straw" - first "Mexicali" - first "Comes A Time" - first "Saturday Night" - first "Ramble On"
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Keith Godchaux's first show
-- This is from the vault master reels and not a pre-fm
-- Short set break after Jack Straw
-- Beginning of Black Peter is cut
Dat (Tascam DA-20) -> Tascam SS-R05 -> Samplitude Professional v11.2 -> FLAC
March 18, 2019 Subject:
My husband is your new keyboardist
They were tightly wound for this, taking rare time off to woodshed with the new guy and prepare new songs (six song premieres in addition to being the first Keith show). What followed was a hot tour; with a new player, they really listen to each other. Usually the "historical shows" don't stand up well but this is an exception (at least the first set). What with the stories of wide-open gates, fireballs shot over the floor during the show from behind the drum stand, dozens of delivered pizzas, and passing around a shopping bag full of American-style-joints (even rolled in American Flag papers), U of M was a swinging campus in '71! Then there's the comment from pafetz: "some guys from the BPMs (Booze/Pussy/Motorcycles) figured they were going backstage before the show, but changed their minds when a Hell's Angels contingent traveling with the band made their appearance".
First Set. Bertha is a great choice for answering the excitement level, though it does a take awhile for the set to surpass average '71. After a fine Beat it on Down the Line-20 (was it supposed to be 19?) there's a China Cat tease, but it's a hot Cumberland instead. Then they launch one of the most entertaining premieres ever. Tennessee is way uptempo, and with Keith on organ. It's totally woodshedded and tight. You won't find many like this - it was slowed pretty quickly. The beginning of Black Peter is cut on both sources. It's thinner-sounding than expected, but the tempo in late '71 was more engaging. The first Jack Straw has Bobby on all verses. It's not the monster of '72, but has already surpassed its songwriting. The beginning is also cut from Railroad, but that doesn't detract much from its glory, getting over on Bobby's tone and tightness alone. Brown Eyed Women is an almost-premiere: the second one, but the first without Pig singing and the arrangement has already changed (most apparent with the addition of the tumble down bridge). The next two songs may be the best premiere versions ever. On Mexicali, Jer begins soloing right from the count-in. Comes a Time is better than the next several on the tour. Playin' then builds to as powerful as '71s got. The first Saturday Night isn't the best but the energy and excitement for the Berry-rocker is definitely palpable. Jer nearly trainwrecks Casey Jones by repeating a verse, but it's an unusual set: 15 songs in just over 1½hrs. Lots of succinctness for the new keysman.
Second Set. Truckin' has muffed mic/lyrics and a rote jam, but they are ready for the first Ramble On Rose. Another way uptempo, it has the beat it before they blow lyric and a solo after the first chorus. It's great, but 10/21 is the best of the early-arrangement versions. Even in its weird position, Brokedown is the certified example of the song. The set peaks with the The Other One suite. Great jamming and almost as good as 10/26. There is some minor confusion in Uncle John's but otherwise the rest is average '71 (no encore).
1st Set: B 2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3¾ stars
Tennessee Jed - one of the most entertaining premieres
Big Railroad Blues - band tight and Bobby's tone
Mexicali Blues - anxious to unleash
Comes a Time - maybe best premiere evah
Playin' in the Band - builds
Brokedown Palace - crafted/certified
Cryptical Envelopment>The Other One - towering Tiftoo Suite
SOURCES: The miller is the more dynamic of the two.
April 12, 2015 Subject:
Keith's first show - mostly of historical interest
Keith's first show is well played, though not very remarkable.
One thing to note however, is that he plays keyboard on The Other One, obviously trying to emulate Pigpen's style. Though it is interesting and unique to hear, it doesn't exactly "work", since Keith's style is much more percussive, and doesn't use much sustain like Pigpen's. At times it sounds almost like circus music, and is kind of amusing, as well as distracting. Luckily, by the next performance of the tune on 10/22, he switches to piano.
October 20, 2012 Subject:
A "historic" recording doesn't always = good
...but in this case it does. Great sound, great energy. Sure they were better 6 months later, but this lineup was already roaring out of the gate.
October 19, 2012 Subject:
fantastic '71 during Pig's haitus - welcome Keith and a bunch of new tunes -
Set 1 - explosive energy here; even BIODTL just absolutely rocks your socks off. Jer blows the lyrics big time during Casey Jones, if that sort of thing bothers you.
Set 2 - equally awesome - the Other One > Rat suite is a psychedelic masterwork. Beautifully done overall.
April 7, 2012 Subject:
love this time, love this show
I love this time in GD history, sad though it is - Ron's last hurrah. Of course this show can't be called Pigpen's swan song as he's out sick. That's why I prefer the NYC Felt Forum run seven weeks after this show.
The sound is excellent - five stars for the band and five stars for Charlie Miller.
Two more things about this show:
I'm not crazy about Keith's organ work on Tennessee Jed, Black Peter, Playin' In The Band, etc.(even though this version of PITB is excellent).
I am so happy that Charlie kept The Other One in one piece. Usually I find Cryptical Envelopment, Drums, The Other One, Cryptical Envelopement as four separate tracks. Come on, you guys who transfer these shows. Please keep these extended jams together!
March 5, 2012 Subject:
Mostly notable for the history
First Keith performance, first Jack Straw, first Tennessee Jed, first ROR, first etc., etc. Lotta firsts.
It's a good but not a great show. Both Tennessee Jed and ROR are played quite fast (TJ particularly), and ROR sounds a bit forced. IOW, the groove for these songs had yet to be found. Jack Straw needs polish but it's pretty good for its first outing.
The sound is high quality overall. The mix is a bit on the mediocre side, however -- Jerry's guitar is low in the mix, while the vocals tend to be a bit high.
This is definitely worth a listen once or maybe twice, but with superior performances from the months and year to follow out there, not much more.
November 23, 2011 Subject:
First of All
gotta love the early versions of these timeless tunes some trial and error as Jerry puts it and gotta love the sound Grate job Mr.Charlie!!
October 20, 2011 Subject:
the other one is monster. a show in itself. crypitical intro, drums, jamming, verse, jamming, verses, cryptical end. keiths organ is ispired and the band feeds off it in the middle. can't wait to hear wharf rat.
September 21, 2011 Subject:
Interesting new beginning
Not my favorite period in GD music, but good performance, with interesting renditions of new songs. Great Miller work, as usual.
July 14, 2011 Subject:
This is a major upgrade over the previously circulating version(s). There's some hall echo and audience in the mix and I think it's great - puts you right there in the venue. Thanks!
July 13, 2011 Subject:
words fail me
Which would make a dreadful review. So ...
1. Historic show
2. Superbly played and Keith is just right
3. Very high quality CM treatment
July 4, 2011 Subject:
The tunes never die...
Again big thanks to endless Charlie for this another in a long line of spectacular recordings. Of course Mexicali blues - The First - get's me up out of the chair and a rockin'!! Love the band...sorry I missed out on the whole crazy 30-year run...thus "Empty Head". But with the good Charlies of the dead world, the music never dies. Live on. Bless you all.